Jacques Houdek was born in Zagreb and is 35 years old. He has been singing professionally since 2002 and has previously entered the Croatian national selection, Dora, several times. He is well-known as a judge on The Voice of Croatia, the competition that last year's Croatian entrant, Nina Kraljic, won in 2015.
Immediately after the announcement Jacques, whose birth name is Zeljko, expressed his joy at being chosen to sing for Croatia. "I am extremely happy and thank Croatian Radio and Television for the trust they have shown", he said. "Being a representative of Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest is a big honour for me and I'm grateful for the opportunity".
Croatia's song for 2017 will be unveiled at a later date. "We are confident that it will arouse interest", said Zeljko Mesar, Head of Delegation for Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Croatia first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 and will participate in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 11th May. Last year Nina Kraljic successfully qualified to the Grand Final with Lighthouse.